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Railroad Cost of Capital-2004

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Surface Transportation Board.


Notice of decision instituting a proceeding to determine the railroads' 2004 cost of capital.


The Board is instituting a proceeding to determine the railroad industry's cost of capital for 2004. The decision solicits comments on: (1) The railroads' 2004 current cost of debt capital; (2) the railroads' 2004 current cost of preferred stock equity capital (if any); (3) the railroads' 2004 cost of common stock equity capital; and (4) the 2004 capital structure mix of the railroad industry on a market value basis.


Notices of intent to participate are due no later than January 17, 2005. Statements of the railroads are due by March 28, 2005. Statements of other interested persons are due by April 25, 2005. Rebuttal statements by the railroads are due by May 16, 2005.


Send an original and 10 copies of statements and a copy of the statement on a 3.5 inch disk in WordPerfect 9.0, and an original and 1 copy of the notice of intent to participate to: Surface Transportation Board, 1925 K Street, NW., Washington, DC 20423-0001.

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Leonard J. Blistein, (202) 565-1529. (Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) for the hearing impaired: 1 (800) 877-8339.)

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The Board's decision is posted on the Board's Web site, In addition, copies of the decision may be purchased from ASAP Document Solutions by calling 202-306-4004 (assistance for the hearing impaired is available through FIRS at 1-800-877-8339), or by e-mail at

We preliminarily conclude that the proposed action will not significantly affect either the quality of the human environment or the conservation of energy resources.

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Authority: 49 U.S.C. 10704(a).

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Decided: December 13, 2004.

By the Board, Chairman Nober, Vice Chairman Mulvey, Commissioner Buttrey.

Vernon A. Williams,


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[FR Doc. 04-27630 Filed 12-17-04; 8:45 am]